Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Edoras on Sunday

Methven, Canterbury

Submitted by Isobel Stout

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Open

Grunt Factor: 14

Gnarl Factor: 15

3.7km

100m

100m

611m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup

100%

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.9%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

0:30

Slow

0:20

Moderate

0:15

Fast

The entire trail is very well indicated with DOC's orange topped waratahs. From the carpark go though the small gate, making sure it's closed behind you and then follow the poles. Some small alternate trails are obvious but DOC asks visitors to keep to the marked trail. A swing bridge will keep your feet dry.

This once obscure lump of rock in a remote river valley became world famous as the location for Edoras in the LOTR films. Besides its more recent history the rock itself is an interesting geological feature having to be extra hard to resist the passage of long-gone glaciers. This area is also habitat for rare birds, fish and plants. There are interpretation boards along the way.

No public transport but a large car park is provided. This is a popular spot so expect some coming and going.

48 km

97 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

Non-existent.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

No potable supply - take your own.

The trail is likely to be straightforward in any weather, it's the road in that may be closed from time to time with snow or washouts.

Rabbit holes!

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